Saturday, March 5, 2016

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Director: Mark Hartley

From the filmmakers of Not Quite Hollywood, this similarly made documentary focuses on The Cannon Group Inc., run by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. These guys, in a sense, re-shaped the business of filmmaking by selling low-end scripts and models, spending only a certain amount of money on each production and making the process between scripting, filming and releasing pictures quicker. The story see the processes the men went through, including their assault on the Cannes Film Festival, and their eventual demise from purchases that weren't making money.

While both men are noted for their producing roles on almost 200 productions, Globus dealt more with the business side of things by purchasing film distributors and cinemas to show their own films. Meanwhile, Golan is known for his writing and directorial skills (or lack of) on things like The Apple, The Delta Force and Over the Top. Some of Cannons notable films include The Happy HookerBreakin', Love Streams, Missing in Action, King Solomon's Mines, The Assault, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Masters of the Universe, American Ninja and The Last American Virgin.

The story itself is more interesting and relevant to the modern production status, but the beauty of another film like this is seeing a lot of old footage from films that are sometimes impossible to get. The biggest drag is the missing cousins who both declined to be interviewed for the film, instead making their own titled The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of the Cannon Films, which as this film states was released 3-months before this.

Interviewees include directors John G. Avildsen, Tobe Hooper, Just Jaeckin, visual effects artist Harrison Ellenshaw, editor Alain Jakubowicz and actors Richard Chamberlain, Bo Derek, Elliott Gould, Robert Forster, Dolph Lundgren, Molly Ringwald and Alex Winter, among many others. Editor and music organised Jamie Blanks is the Australian filmmaker who directed Urban Legend and Valentine.

3.5/5

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